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RATINGS: 817   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   IBU: 67   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Our handmade Estate Ale highlights the flavors of home. From the sun-drenched fields of California’s North Valley comes our Estate Ale. It’s rich with the flavors of the valley—hops with earthy, grapefruit-like flavors and layered spicy aromas, and barley with mild sweetness and smooth, toasted flavors. Enjoy this remarkable homegrown ale, made with organic wet hops and barley grown at our brewery in Chico, and one of the few estate-made ales produced anywhere in the world. Together, these crops grow alongside the brewery to make a truly unique brew.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
chronictonic (473) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2008
bottle (capone’s)
Reddish brown pour - darker than snpa. Quickly vanishing white head. Aroma is odd - earthy, some high citrus notes and a plastic-like (saran wrap someone said) aroma. Bitter flavors, some caramel maltiness. Not as resiny as I would have thought. So far, all of the wet hop beers that I’ve tried have been light on the resiny hopiness - maybe ditch this "fad" and go back to massive hopbacking.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOLTZ7555 (2967) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 10, 2008
The beer’s most redeeming quality, without doubt, is it’s nose...resin, pine, citrus, and floral notes fill the nostrils. A very fresh aroma...color is burnt orange, crystal clear, with a 1/2 inch eggshell head. Decent carbonation. Not quite the depth of flavor that other IPA’s have but still enjoyable. Sharp bitterness, lemongrass, pine and grapefruit. Not bad but not amazing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2009 [2008 chico’s estate] After opening the bottle I can already tell I’m not going to like it as much as Southern Hemisphere. Pours a clear glowing dark orange amber with a large billowing off-white foam on top. Disappoint aroma, not bad, just not nearly as fresh and strong as the other Harvest ales. Aroma of green hops, spicy and earthy, not much citrus or resin, slightly sweet caramel malts. Flavor is quite earthy and herbal over top of a lightly sweet toasted caramel malt base. Hops are very bitter in an earthy way but not bright at all. Medium body, sudsy carbonation, not sticky at all, but not really substantive either. Easy drinking, but the hops are very earthy and bitter in a unripened banana kind of way. 7.5.8.3.14 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . [2009 full estate] Pours a hazy glowing amber orange with a super tall sticky foamy off-white froth, very sticky lacing. Aroma is sweet and juicy, but seemingly light and airy, some bread and light toffee, dry pine needles, fairly delicate. Flavor follows, almost a bit English tasting, light rich toffee, dry piney hops. Not anywhere near worth $13. Ridiculous... I support the idea though... but take a look at Sierra Nevada’s doesn’t really need anymore money... 8.5.7.3.14

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 7, 2008
24oz bottle, 2008 vintage, released a few weeks ago. pours amber with fluffy white head. nose is earthy, floral, slightly green, some caramel malts. flavor is much of the same with some toasted malt and citrus hop finish. not really a green hop bomb while the bitterness is underplayed, lacks a real green hop presence, somewhat similar to the Southern Hem.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - OCT 6, 2008
Listed as Chico IPA. Amber color. Aroma is grapefruit, citrus, caramel, with that typical SN house flavor/feel. Medium bodied, well balanced and solid. Not all that adventurous though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2008
Tap at World Beer Fest Oct 08. Bright orange/amber pour. Earthy/resiny/skunky/herby aroma; sweet and with generous malt backbone. Distinctive as far as SN Pale Ales/IPAs go, particularly the level of malt. Not overly bitter, and not an especially crisp finish. Interesting.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Svesse (6906) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 4, 2008
(Draught at Stockholm Beer Festival, 26 Sep 2008. At least I think it was this version of the Harvest Ale) Amber colour with rocky, beige head. Fruity, malty nose with notes of toffee, caramel, orange peel and apricots. Fruity, malty taste with orange peel, apricots and a dry, citrussy, resiny bitterness in the finish. Above medium body, balanced sweetness. Lots of taste and everything in stunning balance. Brilliant beer!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (3266) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2008
24oz’r - Tawny copper color with pretty white head, which is notable. sweet (brown sugar) and wild flower nose. Sticky bitter with more roast/malt than I would have expected. Not as flowery taste as I’d guess from a wet/fresh hop but still a nice deviation from a standard ipa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 2, 2008
On tap at hollingshead deli dark golden color w/ a white head. a bit hoppy, but not as much as I expected. an OK IPA.
Earlier Rating: 12/15/2006 Total Score: 3
I’m just finding my notes. I had this on tap at either Pizza Port or the Stone 10th party; I don’t remember... Dark amber pour, medium white head, some hop flavor.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2008
Dark amber with a medium white head. Rich hop nose, earthy and a resiny, very floral with a warm malt base. Well balanced, enough caramel malt base to give it body and balance the hops. Good fresh hops come through, lots of floral hopping, oily and resiny hop character.


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